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Moira Cameron Songs about women & the sea (91* d) Lyr Add: FEMALE RAMBLING SAILOR (from Ian Robb)^^^ 15 Dec 97

Don't forget "Female Ramblin' Sailor":


Source: Ian Robb
Topics: Australian, English, Sailor/ship, Women.

Come all young maids both near and far,
And listen to my ditty;
'Twas near Gravesend there lived a maid--
She was both neat and pretty.
Her own true love was pressed away
And drowned in some foreign sea;
Which caused this fair maid for to say:
"I'll be a ramblin' sailor."

So with jacket blue and trousers white,
Just like a sailor, neat and tight;
The sea it was the heart's delight
Of the female rambling sailor.
From stem to stern she bravely goes;
She braves all dangers, fears no foes.
But soon you'll hear of the overthrow
Of the female rambling sailor.

For although her courage did not fail
'Twas stormy seas and wintry gales
That o'er this fair maid did prevail--
The female rambling sailor.
From stem to stern she bravely went,
Where offtimes she'd been many,
But her hand it slipped and down she fell.
She calmly bade this world farewell.

And when her lily-white breast in view it came
They found it was a female's frame.
Rebbecca Younge it was the name
Of the female rambling sailor.
On the river Thames she is known well.
No sailor there could her excel.
Let fall one tear as a last farewell
To the female rambling sailor.

So come all young maids, both near and far,
And listen to my story.
Her body is anchored in the ground--
Let's hope her soul's in glory.
May the willows wave around her grave
And round the laurels planted.
May flowers sweet grow at the feet
Of the one who was undaunted.

Note: I rearranged the order in the last two verses to make it sound more logical a progression to me.

Another really good one is "Lowlands"--the one that starts off:

I dreamed a dream the other night,
Lowlands, lowlands away my Joe,
I dreamed I saw my own true love,
Lowlands Away.

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